Standout '11 WR Daniels Enjoys Iowa Jr Day

DaVaris Daniels possesses skills and excellent bloodlines. The '11 WR prospect holds five scholarship offers and more are expected. The Illinois product took part in Iowa's junior day last weekend and came away impressed. Read what he had to say about the Hawkeyes and recruiting in this HI.com update.

Iowa's sales pitch to DaVaris Daniels is pretty simple. Opportunity.

The Hawkeyes will target receivers in the next few recruiting classes, and Daniels would be a nice catch. Scout ranks the 2011 Illinois product a four-star on its five-star scale.

Daniels and his Vernon Hills High teammates, Evan Spencer, took part in Iowa's Junior Day last weekend. The Hawkeyes have extended both receivers scholarship offers.

"The showed me a roster and I could see that they're going to need some receivers," Daniels said. "They won't have too many receivers and they only have one committed (in 2010, Kevonte Martin-Manley). I really like the receivers coach (Erik Campbell) a lot. He's down to earth and I could really see myself playing for him."

Daniels is the son of Washington Redskins Defensive End Phillip Daniels, who played for the Chicago Bears from ‘00-04.

"My dad helps me a lot," DaVaris said. "He's been through it and has a lot to say. He knows how it goes. He just tells me to go into it with a clean slate and it's too early to be naming favorites; keep an open mind."

Miami, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois also have offered a ride to Daniels. He expected Purdue to do the same today. He attended a Wisconsin game this season and saw Notre Dame take on USC in South Bend.

Daniels said he is 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and his fastest time in the 40-yard dash was 4.47 seconds. He also has received attention from Tennessee, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama.

Daniels plans to settle soon on which visits, summer camps and combines he'll attend between now and his last prep season.

"I'm going to try to check out the ones that have offered and are consistently in touch," he said. "I don't have one ahead of another right now. I still want to wait to see what else comes in, too."

Daniels said he expects to take his five official visits allowed by the NCAA. Iowa is in the mix for one of those.

"I really liked it a lot," Daniels said of his visit on junior day. "It's a real nice set-up and a fun environment."

There exists a strong possibility that Daniels and Spencer, whose father Tim played at Ohio State and now is the Bears running backs coach, could play at the same college.

"We're good friends," Daniels said. "We push each other a lot and we're looking at a lot of the same schools. I think there's a good chance we'll play together (in college)."


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